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The Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias headed an expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa in the hope of finding a trade route to India.  Dias and his fleet eventually entered what he named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise) - later renamed Mossel Bay after the abundance of mussels in the bay - on 3 February 1488. His landing will again be celebrated this year with the 2015 Dias Festival from 29 January 2015 to 1 February 2015.

 In the spirit of “Where Cultures Meet” there will be something for everybody to enjoy at the 2015 Dias Festival – 527 years down the road of the landing of Dias’s fleet at Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. And the best of all – entry will be FREE, including to stage performances by some of South Africa’s top artists!

The fun-filled programme will include

  • live shows by artists such as Jody Williams, Karin Kortje, Nadine, Monique, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Gerrie Pretorius, David Fourie, Michael Lindt, Loyiso Bala, Fredi Nest,  Pieter Mohr, Willem Botha, MWAH, G Minor, Leah and Ampie du Preez on the sound stage at the main festival arena, Santos Caravan Park.
  • The Zhejing Opera Wu Arts Troupe
  • a cultural concert in the Dias Museum, including international folk dances.
  • a street parade with floats as well as veteran cars and tractors and more
  • night performance by the Eqstra Flying Lions formation aerobatics team in their Harvards
  • a motorsport gymkhana
  • fireworks show
  • concerts by Zanne Stapelberg and Emile Minnie
  • beer tent, stalls, doggy treasure hunt, static displays and much more .........

The message is simple .... the Dias Festival at Mossel Bay is the place to be
from 29 January 2015 to 1  February 2015.


Click here to download the Festival Programme